Auld Lang Syne 

It’s New Years Eve and I am reflecting on this past year (how cliché). But seriously, this has been a whirlwind of a year. My first born started preschool, lost a beloved pet to a tumor, we had our second boy, made the decision to buy a home out of state, and moved in with family to save up to buy a home. I don’t know about you but I am exhausted just typing all that up. 2015 brought huge changes to our family. 2016 will bring even more! The biggest, God willing, a new home for my family with a big backyard for my boys. 

Here is me and my littlest on Christmas. 

  

My oldest was not interested in posing for photos. 
As for the shop, I can’t wait to start offering dolls! I have several patterns and styles that I will be working with. Here is the first one I will be working on. 

   

I will still be offering a variety of quilts. I have several already lined up. 

I will definitely be blogging more. There is so much I want to share. Also, I look forward to live streaming either on Periscope or Facebook. 

As I watch my husband do the last of the cleaning up at our new temporary home and my 3 1/2 year old run around like a nut and my newborn’s spit up run down my cleavage, I can’t help but wonder what 2016 bring, even through all our plans. I wonder which friendships will strengthen and how many new friends I will make. I pray that our family, and yours, has a prosperous and happy 2016. 

Happy New Year. Kelly. 
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Moving

In case you missed it, my family is moving. The moving van arrives on Saturday. I am really going to miss living in this city. It has been a great home. 

All of my stuff packed up and ready to move. I found these awesome decorative boxes at Jo-Ann and they work great for storing my fabric. 

  
This will not be our last move either. We will be living with family to save up and buy a home. That is the most exciting part! I so look forward to the day when we purchase our own home. The biggest part of it is that we will buy out of state. That’s right. We will leave California and head to Oregon. I am very nervous, yet excited, about that part. 

Another big thing I want to tell you is that I will be adding dolls to the shop!!!  I have several different patterns I will be working on as soon as we get settled after the move. I have a few patterns from Dolls and Dayreams and Bit of Whimsy Dolls

I went shopping and got some beautiful fabric. I will leave it up to your imagination which dolls I will be working on. 

   
I even will add some felt paper dolls to the shop! Check out the design from Charlaanne

Ah! I am so excited to make all of these dolls!!!!! I won’t forget about quilting though. I have three new projects lined up. 

The new year will be keeping me very busy with all this quilt and doll making, and caring for two growing and beautiful boys! 

Kelly

DIY Christmas

I know I am going to sound so very cliche, but I really do love Christmas. I have such vivid memories of looking out the windows at night at our colorful Christmas lights, of looking at my favorite ornaments on the tree and pretending the toys were alive, and watching my favorite movies. There is something so special about all the lights and colors and decorations. And now as an adult I can finally appreciate the time in church. To make Christmas really special and personal for someone, try making gifts this year. 

For Him

Mason Jar Cocktail 

How fun are these mason jar gifts? Mason jar projects are all the rage right now and this is an awesome way to include the man in your life. 

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For Her

Peppermint Bath Bombs 

I don’t know any women who wouldn’t want to enjoy a spa like experience at home. These bath bombs will have her relaxed and feeling refreshed in no time. 

  


For The Kids

Personalized Guess Who Game 

I’ll tell you the truth, I almost didn’t include this one. It is time involved and you need to be a little tech savvy. However, what an awesome result!  

For Teacher

Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix

I think nearly every teacher would love to go home on the last day of school before Christmas and enjoy a nice hot cup of apple cider. 

 

 For The Home 

Easy Ribbon Candy Wreath 

Want a simple way to decorate but also makes a statement? This ribbon candy wreath will do the trick. Plus it brings back that nostalgia of the sweet ribbon candy of your childhood. 

Candy Cane wreath

So get your shopping lists ready and make someone’s Christmas memorable. However, the best gift to give someone is your time. Spend a little extra time with those you love and, if you can, some time volunteering or donating to those in need. 

Merry Christmas

Kelly